Budget gorilla trekking has for long been misunderstood. So many people think booking budget gorilla tours means settling for low quality facilities. This is very wrong. Its all about finding the most affordable facilities that offer exceptional facilities. Focus East Africa Tours has partnered with so many nice accommodation facilities and because of this, we are able to offer budget gorilla safaris to our clients. Africa boasts with diverse wildlife but the most unique are the endangered mountain gorillas that you can't find any where else but in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo. There are about 1000 mountain gorillas found in the Virunga ranges with Uganda having about half of this great ape population. Gorilla families are always headed by a Silverback gorilla. The gorillas are mostly nestled in thick rain forests that will require average fitness so don’t expect to sit on the car as in the game drive. While trekking mountain gorillas in their habitats, you will be sure to see some other primates. Its most peoples dream to trek mountain gorillas but the prices of gorilla permits, the transport and other costs cannot allow them because they might even end up using up a lot of their savings. You can still go for gorilla trekking on budget. See some of the budget gorilla safari packages below.
To reduce their costs, tourists can decide to use cheap gorilla safari lodges instead of luxurious lodges. Our accommodation units provide very comfortable rooms, meals and hospitable services. Tourists can choose to go for gorilla trekking in Congo or Uganda where gorilla permits are way cheaper than for Rwanda. Some countries lower their prices of gorilla permits in the low season just like some lodges, a good chance to enjoy discounts.
If you would like to go for a budget gorilla trekking safari, you must book with a tour company that offers budget gorilla trekking tours. You can send inquiries to different companies and compare their prices and be able to select that which suits you. You can also travel in a group of friends or family, this will help you to share transport costs, driver, guide, fuel and vehicle. This will help you organize a budget gorilla safari. In Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable forest boasts with many cheap accommodation units than other national parks. Choosing Bwindi forest as your gorilla trekking safari destination will favor your budget.
Though gorilla permits in Congo are $200 and $1100 less than for Uganda and Rwanda respectively, most of their nice and comfortable lodges are expensive.
Consider the distance
Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda is about 500 kilometers from Entebbe international airport and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda is 116 kilometers from Kigali international airport. You will need almost a full day to get to Bwindi and then do gorilla trekking the next day while you can get to volcanoes easily and do the gorilla trekking that very day and get back home. The number of days you spend in the park will also increase your costs.
Congo’s Virunga national park can be reached within half a day from Kigali though you might delay clearing at the boarder and getting a Congo tourists Visa.
Travelling during the low season is cheaper but you can easily chance rain during your gorilla trekking moment. Four wheel drive vehicles are recommended to get to the park as some roads leading to the park will be in bad condition. Some of the budget accommodation in Bwindi national park are Nshongi gorilla lodge, Bwindi view Banda’s, Buhoma community rest camp, Kitandara tented camp, gift of nature lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge and wagtail safari Camp among others.
Alternatively, tourists can fly into Kigali International Airport in Rwanda and then move to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The distance from Kigali to these parks is much closer than from Kampala or Entebbe International Airport.